Jerome J. Harris, civic leader, dies at 75

March 22, 1991

Services for Jerome J. Harris, a retired insurance agency owner in Baltimore and Washington who was active in civic affairs in Washington and in Montgomery County, will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Spencerville Free Methodist Church in Spencerville.

Mr. Harris, who was 75, died Tuesday of heart failure at his home in Burtonsville.

He retired in 1982, selling the L. E. Harris Agency that had been started by his father. He had worked in the agency, which had offices in Baltimore as well as in Washington, since 1950.

After his retirement, he was a volunteer insurance consultant to the District of Columbia government until 1988.

Before joining the insurance firm, he had been a civilian employee of the Air Force in Japan after serving as an officer in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

A native of Patchogue, N.Y., who was reared there and in Washington, he was a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and did graduate work at Georgetown University.

In the late 1950s, he served as president of the Montgomery County Civic Federation and during the decade was twice winner of the Evening Star Cup for his civic work.

He won several awards as a commissioner of the National Capital Area Council of the Boy Scouts.

Mr. Harris was also a former deacon and treasurer of the old Bethesda Christian Church.

He appeared in productions of the Rockville Little Theater and of the Burtonsville Players, of which he had also been president.

He was also active in Masonic groups.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, the former Virginia Paine; two sons, Richard J. Harris, of Hampstead, and Robert L. Harris, of Ashton; two daughters, Ainslee Sadler and Deborah Poole, both of Burtonsville; two foster daughters, Kiyo Dolan, of Oakland, and Maia Good, of Germantown, and two grandchildren.

The family suggested that memorial contributions be made to Epiphany Lutheran Church in Burtonsville or to the Maryland Masonic Education Fund, 225 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

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